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Practice 102 – What’s the best way to practice?

how do you become incredible at something?

In Practice 101 we discussed what practice is, how it works, and how it may even provide health benefits (especially as you age).

Surely everyone wants to be good at something. There are endless reasons why. Why not?

Now, the question everyone has:

How do people become absolutely amazing at things?

Athletes like Tiger Woods are obvious examples. But what about the CEO of a huge business, like Steve Jobs of Apple?

And more importantly, how can we get better at what we do?

Research has determined that there’s a specific kind of practice that really creates a world class expert. And, as we will discuss, it’s more important than that magical thing people call ‘talent’.

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Practice 101 – Improve your brain while becoming awesome

learn something new.

Today, we’re talking about practice…

What is it? How does it work?
Why should you?
What’s the best way?

It’s not just for athletes.

It’s how you get good at something. It’s how you advance your career. It’s how you learn more. It may even be how you get better at dealing with others. Or yourself.

It also happens to be a way to keep your brain healthy. You can’t just go for a jog and come home and watch TV. Exercise may help your brain, but your brain needs it’s own exercise too.

In part 101 of this discussion, we will talk about what practice is, how it works, and why it’s good for your brain.

In 102, we will discuss the best way to practice.

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Rhythm can be learned

Learning to dance can very well be one of the most awkward experiences of a lifetime for many people. Especially tall lanky white guys like me.

However, I have seen a lot of people learn to dance. Awkward people.

People seem to think you either have rhythm, or you don’t. Well I’m here to drop some science explaining that not only do we all have rhythm, but we can all learn to dance. And we all probably should, but that’s another topic.

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Sorry NY Times, but Talent is Still Over-rated

This is for my fellow dorks who are interested in how people get amazing at things.
It’s a short post because I am irritated by what I read here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/sorry-strivers-talent-matters.html?_r=2&src=tp

How depressing. Even the title: ‘sorry strivers, talent matters’ is purposefully discouraging. That alone is what makes me mad. Therefore, I write this.

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How Strength Training Works – Part II

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If you read my first article on this topic, you have a good idea of how your body adapts to get stronger. There are both morphological as well as neurological adaptations.

So what exactly are these ‘morphological’ and ‘neurological’ adaptations to strength training? And most importantly, how much of an effect does each adaptation actually have on strength?

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